Shannon Aubert has had a lot of success at the AJGA Girls Championship. She finished T-3 in 2009, was runner-up in 2010 and placed fifth last year.
The same could be said of Aubert’s AJGA career, which includes six second-place finishes and even more top 5s and top 10s.
But as Aubert prepares for her fourth Girls Championship Aug. 31-Sept. 3 at Furman Golf Club in Greenville, S.C., there’s still one thing that has eluded her.
“I’ve been playing AJGA for a long time,” Aubert said. “I’ve gotten pretty good at [getting] top 5s and top 10s, but I’ve never won.
“If I could win [the Girls Championship] it would be awesome. It’s gotten bigger and bigger with more and more good players and good scores. It would be a great feeling.”
Aubert did win a preseason event back in 2008, but it’s been four years and still no major AJGA win. But if there’s a place to notch that first one, it’s Furman Golf Club – a course that Aubert feels sets up nicely for her game.
“I really like the course,” Aubert said. “Since I’ve been there a lot I know it rather well. It’s not very long and the greens are very tricky.”
The biggest challenge for Aubert in Greenville could be her iron play – not that she’s been struggling with them, but because she has yet to play a tournament since switching irons.
“I just started using (the new ones) and I’m getting used to the distances,” Aubert said. “I’m hoping they show success right away.”
It’s been a busy year for Aubert. She won the Kathy Whitworth Invitational in March. Since then she’s played in tournaments across the globe, including the Rolex Tournament of Champions (T-18), U.S. Women’s Open (MC), International European Women’s Amateur in Slovenia (T-2) and British Girls Amateur, where she lost in the Round of 64. Add to that practicing with the French National team for the World Amateur Team Championships Sept. 27-30 in Antalya, Turkey, and that makes for a lot of travel.
“I guess I’ve gotten used to it,” said Aubert, who also plans on playing high school golf this fall at The Pine School in Hope Sound, Fla. The school doesn’t have a girls team, but Aubert said she’ll play with the boys during the regular season and then enter as an individual into the state tournament, which she won last season as a member of a Windermere Prep squad that also included Samantha Wagner.
Aubert’s resume is an impressive one. Now it just needs an AJGA victory, something she’s more than ready to achieve this weekend in Greenville.
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• SHORT SHOTS: Elisabeth Bernabe notched her second straight AJGA victory by capturing the CorseMax/Philadelphia Runner Junior Aug. 19-21 at White Manor Country Club in Malvern, Pa. Bernabe, of Anaheim Hills, Calif., led from wire-to-wire, finishing with a 5-over 218. It was the fourth top 10 finish on the AJGA circuit this year for Bernabe, who also competed in four USGA events this summer, including the U.S. Women’s Open. . . . Nicole Morales of South Salem, N.Y., shot 6-under 210 to cruise to a 12-shot victory at the Genesis Junior Open Aug. 21-23 at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster, N.J. “It’s nice to end my summer on a good note,” said Morales, who will play the Ping Invitational Oct. 6-8 in Stillwater, Okla., and then look to defend her title at the Polo Golf Junior Classic Nov. 17-23 in West Palm Beach, Fla. . . . Marianne Li of Bellevue, Wash., carded a 4-under 209 to win the Sunriver Junior Open Aug. 21-23 at the Sunriver (Ore.) Resort’s Meadows Course. . . . Brooke McDougald of The Woodlands, Texas, won the Junior All-Star at Townsend Ridge Country Club Aug. 21-23 in Townsend, Mass., thanks to a 7-over 217. It was her first AJGA title.